One of our meditation teachers posted a link a few days back and I was amazed at the truth hidden in it. Here:
However, I have seen dangerous consequences of this approach to certainty way too many times.
Sometimes this certainty targets people and sometimes the whole class, as was the case in the Holocaust. It does not have to exhibit it in a big way and can still cause significant damage.
One example I mentioned in another blog was about an experience in my second week in IIT. I was supposed to present results of an experiment in my Chemistry Lab. I did my best and took the results carefully. When I presented them to the lab assistant, he told me that I have made up these numbers, and thus gave me a zero grade.
We can try to guess different reasons for his behavior. His being just a lab assistant and trying to act like a professor. Not being educated enough. Over-trusting his intuition or intelligence. His lack of a divine eye.
All these reasons may have played a role in it. But in my opinion the main reason for his behavior was his tendency to feel absolutely certain that someone else was wrong. In this case, it was also his lack of data. But even if someone has data, how absolutely certain can they be about it?
Sometimes the same can be said for specific classes of people. We had an employee who did not do even an hour of productive work for us. She then went back to India, and in some unrelated episode got ditched by a builder. So, to take revenge against the class of the so-called powerful, she filed a frivolous claim against them.
In Silicon Valley we see this phenomenon happening in a form of protests against commuter buses. A few months back someone smashed the window of a Google bus. But this is the level at which this kind of class warfare descends, and very soon may take a very dangerous shape.